Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Vitamin D-Ficiant Part 1

By Sam Leung and Ben Harris

Do you know how much sun exposure is good for you? Is it none, or a few minutes a day? Or are you only safe if you’re wearing sunscreen?

Over the years sun protection ad campaigns have delivered a message, warning about the increased risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure, encouraging all of us to “slip, slop, slap”.
But now we’re receiving mixed messages, as studies show too little sun has caused one third of Australians to become deficient in vitamin D, which is important for the development of healthy bones and muscles.  
Youth Reporter Sam Leung looked back to a time when Australia became a country that went to extremes for the sun.

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